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Swifts Go Nap – Urchins Win Essex Derby

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Heybridge Swifts and AFC Hornchurch joined three other teams on six points after both won their second games of the new Bostik League North season on Wednesday night.

The Urchins were tipped to challenge for promotion this season, but Swifts have been impressive in pre-season and followed up last weekend`s 2-1 win against new boys Mildenhall Town with a comprehensive 5-1 thrashing of a Romford outfit who drew their opener.

Two goals in 4 minutes midway through the first half from Sam Bantick and Luke Callander put Swifts in command at Ship Lane.

Then, just past the hour-mark, Juan Luque made it virtually game over with number three.

Jonathan Nzengo pulled one back for Boro 9 minutes later, only for Luque to score Swifts fourth with 10 minutes remaining and Harrison Chatting made it a nap hand in stoppage time.

Grays Athletic, relegated from the Premier Division at the end of last season, had won their opener at Tilbury last weekend, and were optimistic when they played their first ever game at Aveley`s impressive new Parkside ground.

And a decent crowd of 377 turned up for another Essex derby, this time against fancied AFC Hornchurch.

It was goalless at the break, but the opening goal finally arrived in the 76th minute and it was the Urchins` Brad Warner who got it.

It could have been worse for Grays as Lamar Johnson saved a Leon McKenzie penalty and they had Glenn Wilson dismissed 10 minutes from time.

In stoppage time, George Purcell wrapped up victory with the visitors second.

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Former Swansea City and Kettering Town defender who has been managing the likes of Kettering Town u18s, Rothwell Town, Desborough Town and Wellingborough Town for 33 years as well as being technical director at AFC Rushden & Diamonds. Began in non-League journalism as editor of Team Talk magazine back in the early 1990s and then as editor of Non-League Daily, joining Pitchero to set up Pitchero Non-League in January 2011. Also works for the National League.

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